Projects at think[box]

Email your project to thinkbox@case.edu to be included on this web page.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine July 22, 2015

You can see this vertical axis wind turbine in action at the Case Western Reserve University Squire Valleevue Farm where it powers lighting and data acquisition systems that allow oyster mushrooms to be grown year-round. Cost, location, and performance were carefully considered in the deisgn process to reduce dependence on grid-fed, non-renewable energy during operation. The Bingham Shop and staff aided in the machining and fabrication of the finished product.

Contact:

Kelly Hacker - kah134@case.edu
Matthew Patten - mtp31@case.edu

Eye Clinic Camera Phone Alignment Tool July 8, 2015

This customizable smartphone case is being used in an eye clinic to help teach students and document eye conditions without the use of expensive photography equipment. Dr. Rony Sayegh and Dr. Charline Boente of the University Hospitals Department of Opthalmology worked with Ethan Tu of Case Western Reserve University on this adaptor case which connects a smartphone to the slit-lamp - a magnifier used in eye clinics to examine the eye - allowing medical students and staff to acquire high-definition photos of the eye using any phone. The smartphone was scanned using a high-precision 3D scanner, then a case for the smartphone was modeled in AutoCAD and 3D printed. 

Contact:

Rony Sayegh - rony.sayegh@uhhospitals.org
Charline Boente - charline.boente@uhhospitals.org

Model Citizens July 6, 2015

Sculptures designed and built by an architect using 3D printed parts from the Fortus 400 intermingled with wood pieces cut on the ShopBot. 

Contact:

Andrew Reach - andrew.reach@gmail.com

Custom-Built CNC Table Router April 22, 2015

This 3-axis CNC table router was designed and built from scratch by students from the University of Akron. Fabrication occurred at think[box] where parts were cut using the ShopBot.

Contact:

Tyler Schimmoeller - tds72@zips.uakron.edu

Compliant Modular Mesh Worm Robot April 14, 2015

This project by the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University seeks to develop a novel means of robotic locomotion useful in niche applications such as pipe inspection.

Credit goes to Andrew D. Horchler, Akhil Kandhari, Kathryn A. Daltorio, Kenneth C. Moses, Kayla B. Andersen, Hillary Bunnelle, Joseph Kershaw, William H. Tavel, Richard J. Bachmann, Hillel J. Chiel, and Roger D. Quinn.

Contact:

http://biorobots.case.edu

Mini-Baja Car March 30, 2015

This vehicle competed in the Society of Automotive Engineer's annual mini-baja competition where CWRU students designed and built the car from scratch. Although primarily fabricated in the Bingham Machine Shop, many supplemental tasks were completed in think[box]. In particular, students 3D printed mold-making patterns, cut out welding fixtures in the laser cutters, and fabricated composite floor panels for the finished car on the ShopBot.

Contact:

Alex Letwin - jegs@case.edu
CJ Valle - stark@case.edu

Reading Wetu March 26, 2015

“Reading Wetu” is a project created with the first grade class of Ms. Erin Shakour at Orchard STEM School located on Cleveland’s westside during the fall 2014 semester. The reading Wetu occupies an 8' x 8' x 8' area in the corner of her classroom, and houses her small library of children’s books. The structure is built entirely from 3/4"  thick plywood and yarn, and fabricated with the CNC router at think[box]. This project is part of a series of works that I have created in collaboration with Progressive Arts Alliance, a local arts organization whose focus is to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programming to the Cleveland Public School District.

Contact:

Marcus Brathwaite - mbb68@case.edu

Frostbites Cafe March 26, 2015

Frostbites Cafe pop-up restaurant was an experiment in modular dwelling construction for difficult terrain. Hollow plywood arches were fabricated using the ShopBot, and a novel scheme was employed to attach a canvas covering. Thanks to a permit through the Cleveland Metroparks, this structure was installed 1/4 mile north of Edgewater Beach Park, on Lake Erie ice measuring 24 inches thick. A large team of 52 volunteers worked to build the structure and put on the event, which included free food and drink from the purveyors of The Root Cafe and Now That's Class. Over 400 visitors enjoyed Frostbites Cafe during the one-day installation on March 8 of 2015.

Contact:

Ian Charnas - icc@case.edu
Marcus Brathwaite - mbb68@case.edu

Apollo Medical Devices March 16, 2015

Apollo Medical Devices is developing a rapid, low-cost, accurate blood analysis system that requires only a single drop of blood. Weighing less than a pound, the device is highly portable and enables use in the developing world, disaster relief, and other areas where blood testing and analysis was previously infeasible. Learn more about Apollo here.

Contact:
Punkaj Ahuja - pna3@case.edu

 
Cleanmate March 9, 2015
 
 

Clean Mate is a hybrid walker, folding seat, and caddy for cleaning products. Clean Mate enables a person with limited physical capabilities to perform household duties more easily. It supports mobility as the user pushes it, provides a seat for resting while cleaning and provides organized supplies storage. Clean Mate assists elderly users who feel dependent on others for home cleaning. The convenient portable caddy can benefit users of all ages who sit or stand while cleaning and it folds for storage. Won second place in the 2015 IHA International Student Design Competition in Chicago.

Contact:
Geemay Chia - mchia@student.cia.edu